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15 July, 2018


Vienna, Austria

Innovation-Challenge 2018

Revolutionizing the energy sector:

  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Innovative Customer Solutions
  • E-Mobility
  • Photovoltaics
  • Work 4.0
  • Ingenious Services and Products

We are looking for start-ups with power! The creativity and flexibility of start-ups, combined with our knowledge and experience, form the best preconditions for success. 180 start-ups from all over the world applied to take part in our first Innovation Challenge. We intend to top that figure this year.

Michael Strebl, CEO Wien Energie

We are looking for start-ups with innovative solutions:

Smart Infrastructure

  • Assisted guidance for operators
  • Misthrow detection in waste containers and bunkers (sensors + AI solutions)
  • Low tech sensor systems in combination with Narrow-Band IoT
  • Virtual warehouse management

Innovative Customer Solutions

  • Energy transaction platforms
  • B2C Smart Meter solutions
  • B2B smart buildings solutions (service and infrastructure management)
  • Multi-channel communication
  • Data analytics


  • Vehicle fleet management
  • Smart charging solutions
  • Parking lot search and forecasting


  • Innovative PV solutions
  • Hardware/software solutions for automated system control
  • Assembly systems and cabling
  • Innovative security technology solutions

Work 4.0

  • Mobile staff communications
  • Enterprise social network & knowledge management
  • Digital recruiting

Ingenious Services and Products

  • You have the perfect product or service for Wien Energie?
  • Reach out, make the case and register now!

Start-up | Key Benefits


Work in an ecosystem of open innovation

Be part of the WeXelerate Ecosystem and get a final ticket for the next WeXelerate Batch and work at the startup & innovation hub with an unique and thriving ecosystem of open innovation.

Budget for Proof of Concept. The program is equity free. After the Innovation Camp the Jury will select the top Start-ups for the Acceleration Phase and we will discuss individual cooperation contracts with you.


A structured process for cooperation

Participate in our Innovation Camp, the Local Midterm Checkpoint of the Acceleration Phase and the Demo Day in Vienna – travel and accommodation (hotel & flight for 2 Persons) expenses for the program sessions are covered by Wien Energie.

Benefit from a structured decision making process and top management support.


Be part of our team

Contribute with your ideas to the Wien Energie Innovation Challenge. Together we will develop innovative solutions and products in the above mentioned six areas.

Get the chance to work with leading mentors and experts.


Get access to a large target group

Wien Energie is responsible for ensuring the reliable supply of electricity, natural gas and heating for around two million people, 230.000 businesses and industrial facilities, as well as 4.500 farms in the Greater Vienna metropolitan area.

Cooperating with us will kick-start your business development!

Be part of the start-up platform of our partner, Pioneers, by submitting your application.

Promo | video

At the beginning of the Innovation-Challenge are creative business ideas – at the end there are new products and solutions.
If you want to change something in the energy industry, you are in the right place!

Winners | 2017

We are very proud! These are the winners of the Wien Energie Innovation-Challenge 2017:

BotTina the ready to assist chatbot, Maintenance 4.0 – AR/Hololens for the power plant, as well as the project Smart Drone Inspection.
Since then, all projects have been in progress or are already in full swing and will continue to be pushed forward in 2018.

2017 | References

See what attendees of the last innovation challenge have to say.
We would be glad to list your statement next year :-)

Skyability Team. (C) Roman Huditsch Fotografie

Smart Inspection

With the Innovation-Challenge, we were able to implement jointly developed ideas in a very short time and generate from them a marketable product. For every start-up it is good to have decades of know-how that the experts have brought with them! For Skyability, it was a great way to advance practical development!

Philipp Knopf
by Philipp Knopf
Chakratec @ Innovation-Challenge 2017

Ultra fast EV charging everywhere

The cooperation with Wien Energie works very well. The Innovation-Challenge was organized wonderfully from start to finish! We recommend other startups to apply for the Innovation-Challenge because it allows them to use Wien Energie's broad market access to make their own technologies available to a large audience.

Nir Zohar
by Nir Zohar demonstrating

We put you back in the piloting seat of your assets

The Innovation-Challenge of Wien Energie is a great way to validate and test new business cases with experts in the industry. The challenge helps to set up close collaborations between startups and corporates.

Camiel R. Verschoor
by Camiel R. Verschoor
Onlim Chatbots

Chatbot: BotTina

The Innovation-Challenge of Wien Energie was a very important milestone in our corporate development. Through the close and efficient cooperation with the experts of Wien Energie we were able to develop our now very successful chat bot "BotTina" within a very short time – from prototypes to go-live.

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by Marc Isop
Christopher Gower, cgower unsplash

Digital Transformation

The cooperation with Wien Energie was easy and uncomplicated for us. After our first conversation, we were able to start the project within a month. During development, experts from Wien Energie supported us in understanding their systems and data better. This close cooperation has enabled us to achieve exciting results within a month.

Michael Hettegger
by Michael Hettegger

Frequently Asked Questions

We aim high at being focused on building relationships with our clients and community.

You submit your application via the Pioneers application tool. The information you submit during the application will be processed and saved on the Pioneers platform.
The application process begins by filling out an online form, which will be available for about one month (until 15th of July). In this form you will be answering questions about your start-up, your team, your business model and the market you are active in.
Yes, of course. Please specify any information on past financing rounds and shareholding structures in your application form.
Your application should contain as much information as needed for outsiders to comprehend your business model and market opportunities. The decision if your start-up is chosen for the Innovation-Challenge will be made on the basis of the information in your application form.
The Innovation-Challenge aims to collaboratively identify and build new dimensions on the market. The primary language will be German but you can also present in English.
After the Innovation Camp we will discuss an individual cooperation contract with you.
The acceleration phase will take place for 3 months. Start-ups don’t necessarily need to be in Vienna but should at least invest 2 days/week. The aim is to build a prototype and/or prepare the project for a successful cooperation/launch. Budget for first prototypes and pilot projects might be provided.
There will be meetings on your progress every two weeks – either remote or directly on-site.
Travel and accommodation (hotel & flight for 2 Persons) expenses for the Innovation Camp, the Local Midterm Checkpoint of the Acceleration Phase and the Demo Day in Vienna are covered by Wien Energie.
Reasonable accommodation costs will be reimbursed.
You will be required to sign a short non-disclosure agreement to participate at the camp. Some of the information likely to be shared may be sensitive, because it is related to the energy sector.
After the Jury has selected the best teams of the Innovation Camp, the Acceleration Phase will start and we will discuss individual cooperation contracts with you.